Bill Price - folk singer - 1938-1980

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Track Listing

Autogram ALLP 222
Seite A
1 Manchester Cornstalk Trad. 3:55
2 Do Ye Fancy A Virgin? D'Urfey 2:35
3 Barratts Privateers Stan Rodgers 5:45
4 Johny Jump Up Trad. 3:50
5 The Faggot Cutter Trad. 4:40
Seite B
1 Gentle Annie Trad. 4:25
2 John Barleycorn Trad. 3:55
3 Bold Nevison Trad. 2:10
4 Maui Trad. 3:50
5 Catch Me If You Can Trad. 4:35
6 Fortunes Wheel Trad. 2:45

Sleeve Notes

BILL PRICE comes from Mirfield, Yorkshire/England, lived for some years in Canada and is a very fine example of the folkscene both in England and in Canada. He still returns for tours and Festivals to Canada from time to time. He lives now in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. Bill Price began singing solo at the age of 10, backed by a choir. He was well known in clubs around Yorkshire and the North East in the early 60's, specialising at that time in unaccompanied ballad singing. He moved to Toronto in1965 and turned professional singer in a duo “The Pedlar's Pack” with Roger Renwick providing the instrumentation. The duo disbanded when Bill moved West and Roger went off to study for his Ph.D. in Folk Life Studies. Over British Columbia, Bill was joined by an old friend from England, guitarist Ben Benson, and together played many concerts, radio shows throughout the Province. And they ran their own television series on British Folk Music. On his return to England at the late 60's Bill Price decided, reluctantly at first, to accompany his songs with guitar and concertina. He is now regarded as an accomplished musician on a variety of instruments including whistle and teaches guitar in his home town.
After the release of his first LP "The Fine Old Yorkshire Gentleman" in 1973 and of more and more work abroad Bill Price decided, it was time to leave the teaching profession and launch into a full-time singing career again. He toured for different times Canada, USA, Germany so far, appeared on many folk occasions in Britain and made a number of radio and television appearances. His songs are mainly traditional, many of them collected by Bill himself in Yorkshire.


Notes to the songs by Bill Price

The Manchester Cornstalk
A hunt song from the Holme Valley Beagles. I got this version from the singing of Rosa Barnes of Rothwell near Leeds. - Bill Price: Vocal & Concertina.
Would You Fancy A Virgin
Sub titled “A Song In The Last Act Of The Modern Prophets” and described as ‘Very much a song of the town’. The text is by Thomas D'Urfey of England. The song was sung by Mr. Pack in D'Urfey's play “New Wit For A Husband” in 1709. The melody was used by Gay in “The Beggar's Opera”. The song was published in Volume 1 of the 1719-20 edition of ‘Pills to Purge Melancholy’ published by Jacob Tonson - Bill Price: Vocal & Guitar.
Barrats Privateers
Writen by Stan Rodgers of Canada. The story takes place during the American War of Independance. The King was George III of England. The “Letters of Mark” were permission to equip gun boats to attack American ships. - Bill Price: Vocal; Group SQUIRE (Vocals), with members: Janice Hault, Carol Gargett, Kevin Thurlow, David Taylor.
Johnny Jump Up
Being a cider fanatic, this song was too good to miss. This version is from the singing of Christie Moore. - Bill Price: Vocal & Guitar.
The Faggot Cutter
Probably sung at harvest-home suppers. This song is a compilation of a song collected by Edith Fowke of Canada from Mrs. Gordon Clark of Ontario, Canada (verses 3, 4 and 5) and one from “Oscar the Frog”, a Yorkshire Ceilidh Band. - Bill Price: Vocal & Guitar; SQUIRE: Vocals.
Gentle Annie
An Australian song I learned from Martyn Wyndham-Read. I particularly like the tune and arranged it this way to make full use of it. This farming advice can be taken as very evocative symbolism. For the version of Wyndham-Read see AUTOGRAM ALLP-218. - Bill Price: Vocal & Guitar.
The Barley Corn
An Irish version of the John Barleycorn saga. I can't remember where I first learned it but probably in Canada. It has changed a lot over the years. - Bill Price: Vocals & Concertina.
Bold Nevison
Three verses of this song came from a pre-electric recording made in a Lincolnshire workhouse. The full set of verses can be found in Holroyd's Collection of Yorkshire Ballads (1892). William Nevison (nicknamed Swift Nick by Charles II) achieved the famous ride from Gad's Hill in Kent to York many years before Dick Turpin was born. - Bill Price: Vocals & Guitar.
Old Maui
Whaling trips to the North Pacific might take up to three years for the Whaling ships from the North Atlantic. Consequently temporary homes were set up on the islands near the Equator where the ships might be refitted and the sailors relax and entertain themselves. - Bill Price: Vocal; SQUIRE: vocals.
Catch Me If You Can
Learned originally from Vic Ellis of Leeds. In most songs of this form the symbolic cause of pregnancy is a fiddle or a whistle. I especially like the idea of it being the singing of a song in this version. - Bill Price: Vocal & Guitar.
Fortunes Wheel or Come Fill The Cup
A Scottish exile ballad learned from Louis Killen some years ago. - Bill Price: Vocal.

This LP came with an insert containing the lyrics